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Swine flu tests on 32 Eton pupils

Eton College
Eton College will stay closed until 7 June

A further 32 suspected cases of swine flu among pupils at Eton College have been reported to health officials.

The exclusive Berkshire school said on Thursday it would close for a week after a pupil, 13, tested positive.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has written to parents warning of seven probable and 25 possible cases. The school will remain closed until 7 June.

The first swine flu case in Wales was confirmed on Sunday with health experts warning that more cases are likely.

Eton, which was attended by Princes William and Harry, was advised to shut for an extra week after half-term.

'Widespread transmission'

The HPA said of the suspected 32 new cases that students were experiencing "mild illness".

In a letter to parents of pupils at the private school for boys, the agency said: "It is highly likely that these will be positive for swine influenza.

"Because it is now clear that there is widespread transmission in the school, the HPA has decided to offer antiviral [medication] for all the students and staff at the school.

"The purpose of this is to minimise the likelihood of further spread of the virus to students and the families not already affected."

Boys taking public examinations at Eton are being allowed to return to do so under controlled conditions.

The suspected cases at the school come after health officials announced a further 12 people have been diagnosed with swine flu, bringing the UK total to 229.

Map of UK swine flu cases



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